There is no better feeling than the first sip of an ice cold drink on a sunny day in a beer garden - but with so many pubs in Norfolk it can be hard to pick which one to visit.

Here are some of the county's pubs with the biggest gardens where there is a high chance you will find a table.

1. The Unthank Arms

Dereham Times: The Unthank Arms in Newmarket StreetThe Unthank Arms in Newmarket Street (Image: Google)

Where: 149 Newmarket Street, Norwich, NR2 2DR

This charming Victorian corner pub offers great food from its upstairs grill paired with a good selection of drinks.

The pub has been in the heart of the Golden Triangle for more than 30 years and its big beer garden is always packed with those living in the surrounding streets.

2. The Orchard Gardens

Dereham Times: Pubs such as the Orchard Gardens in North Walsham will be reopening outside.Pubs such as the Orchard Gardens in North Walsham will be reopening outside. (Image: Archant Norfolk 2014)

Where: 73 Mundesley Road, North Walsham, NR28 0DB

This pub located just outside North Walsham town centre is a favourite among folk living in the area, with a large beer garden filled with sofas and tables perfect for soaking up the sun.

The pub also holds a Thursday night quiz and has a great selection of beers and other alcoholic drinks.

3. The Lion at Thurne

Dereham Times: The Lion InnThe Lion Inn (Image: Google)

Where: The St, Thurne, Great Yarmouth, NR29 3AP

This pub is the perfect summer spot, boasting views of the Norfolk Broads from its huge beer garden.

Our reviewer recently praised its pizzas, puddings and pricing.

4. Nelson Head

Dereham Times: Nelson Head, HorseyNelson Head, Horsey (Image: Archant)

Where: The St, Horsey, Great Yarmouth, NR29 4AD

A traditional country pub that welcomes dog walkers and offers warm meals and cold pints in its extensive garden.

It also has lots of great ales and ciders on offer and there are lots of bracing walks that can start and end at the pub.

5. The Black Horse

Dereham Times: The Black HorseThe Black Horse (Image: Newsquest)

Where: 50 Earlham Road, Norwich, NR2 3DE

The pub at the heart of the Golden Triangle is home to a huge garden around the back offering a great place to catch the sun with a pint.

The sprawling pub garden is now decorated with festoon lights above lots of tables, a patio area and outside heaters.

Originally it was used as a bowling green during the Victorian and Edwardian era.

6. The Gunton Arms

Dereham Times: The Gunton Arms Picture: MARK BULLIMOREThe Gunton Arms Picture: MARK BULLIMORE (Image: Archant Norfolk 2016)

Where: The Gunton Arms, Norwich, NR11 8TZ

With food cooked on an open fire in the Elk Room and specials which include venison from the deer park, this traditional pub with a large garden, near North Walsham, is a perfect place to visit after a hot summer walk.

Its sister pub The Suffield Arms also boasts a big beer garden and offers a great alternative if the Gunton pub is full.

7. Brisley Bell

Dereham Times: Owners of the Brisley Bell, Amelia Nicholson and Marcus Seaman.Owners of the Brisley Bell, Amelia Nicholson and Marcus Seaman. (Image: Archant)

Where: The Green, Brisley, Dereham, NR20 5DW

Set on a beautiful common, the Brisley Bell features a large garden, which was voted as the UK's best in 2021, that is perfect for taking in the countryside and bright skies.

Located in a small village near Dereham, the venue is great for getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

8. The Plough

Dereham Times: Garden of the The Plough in St Benedicts. Photo: BILL SMITHGarden of the The Plough in St Benedicts. Photo: BILL SMITH (Image: Archant)

Where: 58 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, NR2 4AR

Located in St Benedicts Street, this hidden gem has very little signage on the outside but on the inside it is a charming pub with a large beer garden.

9. The White Hart

Dereham Times: The White Hart in Attleborough.The White Hart in Attleborough. (Image: Google Maps)

Where: London Road, Rocklands, Attleborough, NR17 1AY

This pub, located in Rocklands near Attleborough, has a large outdoor drinking area perfect for catching a tan while cooling down with a pint.